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Speed Racer
- Emile Hirsch

Overview - Based on the 1960s Japanese-manga-derived animated TV series of the same name, SPEED RACER follows the adventures of the title character (Emile Hirsch), a young race car driver who sits behind the wheel of the lightning-fast Mach 5 vehicle. Aided by his family, which includes Pops Racer (John Goodman) and Mom Racer (Susan Sarandon), and his devoted doe-eyed girlfriend, Trixie (Christina Ricci), Speed racks up victory after victory, but still lives in the shadow of his late older brother, Rex (Scott Porter), who died in a race.  Read more...

 
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Overview

Based on the 1960s Japanese-manga-derived animated TV series of the same name, SPEED RACER follows the adventures of the title character (Emile Hirsch), a young race car driver who sits behind the wheel of the lightning-fast Mach 5 vehicle. Aided by his family, which includes Pops Racer (John Goodman) and Mom Racer (Susan Sarandon), and his devoted doe-eyed girlfriend, Trixie (Christina Ricci), Speed racks up victory after victory, but still lives in the shadow of his late older brother, Rex (Scott Porter), who died in a race. When Speed garners the wrath of Royalton Industries, he must team up with the enigmatic Racer X (Matthew Fox) to defeat the ruthless corporation. Written and directed by Larry and Andy Wachowski, the masterminds behind the MATRIX films, SPEED RACER replaces the gritty techno patina of that blockbuster series with a polished, brightly hued virtual reality. Though the eye-popping visuals threaten to eclipse the acting, the fine cast gamely makes the most of their green-screen environment, particularly the likable Hirsch, who won acclaimed for his decidedly different INTO THE WILD role, and LOST's always-noble Fox. Adding to the movie's giddy mood are Paulie Litt and his chimp companion, who provide comic relief as Speed's playful younger brother, Spritle, and Chim Chim, respectively. While definitely a case of style over substance, SPEED RACER is a movie meticulously designed to appeal to families and kids, especially the Spritle-like young ones.

Cast List

Larry Wachowski - Screenwriter/Director
Owen Patterson - Production designer
Joel Silver - American Producer
John Gaeta - Visual Effects, THE MATRIX, THE MATRIX RELOADED
Hiroyuki Sanada
Henry Sanada
Roger Allam - Actor
Rain - Korean pop star and actor, SPEED RACER
Emile Hirsch - Actor, DANGEROUS LIVES OF ALTAR BOYS (2002)
Kick Gurry - Actor, GARAGE DAYS (2003)
Benno Furmann - Actor, THE PRINCESS AND THE WARRIOR (2001)
Richard Roundtree - American actor, SHAFT (1971)
Bruce Berman - executive producer
Andy Wachowski - Screenwriter/Director
Grant Hill - PRODUCER/UPM
Zach Staenberg - Editor
Paulie Litt - Actor, SPEED RACER
John Goodman - American Film/TV Actor
Christina Ricci - American Actress
Dan Glass - Visual effects supervisor
David Lane Seltzer - Executive producer
Michael Lambert - Exec. Producer, UNACCOMPANIED MINORS, (2006)
Kym Barrett
David Tattersall
Matthew Fox - Actor, LOST
Susan Sarandon - Oscar winning actress, DEAD MAN WALKING
Susan Tomaling - Oscar winning actress, DEAD MAN WALKING
Nicholas Elia - Actor in WHITE NOISE (2005);
Michael Giacchino - Composer, THE INCREDIBLES (2004)
Roger Barton - Editor, PEARL HARBOR (2001)

 
Details
    Blu-Ray Disc Format
  • Format: Blu-Ray
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 883929151073
  • Genre: Family
  • Rating: PG (MPAA)
  • Release Date: January 2011

Related Categories:
Movies > Action/Adventure

Related Keywords:
Action
Theatrical Release
Family (General)
Racing
Race Cars

 
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Reviews:
"[T]he film is triumphantly visual....[SPEED RACER] bubbles with invention, staying true to its ambition of being a living cartoon." - 07/01/2008 Empire, p.50


"The stylised kitsch images have pop-art colours to make THE WIZARD OF OZ look drab, the pictures overlaid in sliding or zooming collages." - 07/01/2008 Sight and Sound, p.75-76


3 stars out of 4 -- "The bright, candy-colored universe the Wachowskis fashion out of digital and green screen wizardry is often psychedelic in the extreme." - 05/01/2008 Premiere

 
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